Student Veteran Life

Memorial Day is… 2019

Memorial Day is a sacred day in the military community. It is a day in which we celebrate our fallen service members, one where we honor their lives and sacrifices, and the day that we mourn their loss together with our surrounding community.

Memorial Day is… is a week of events aimed at raising awareness of the true meaning of Memorial Day and a way for the military community to welcome in our friends and family to mourn the loss of our military service members who made the ultimate sacrifice. The 2019 Memorial Day is… program will focus on servicewomen who made the ultimate sacrifice. 

Whether you are a veteran yourself or someone in your family served, most people have a connection to someone who was killed in action while serving their country or a veteran who died by suicide.

This year between May 20th and 27th, sign the Memorial Day is… banner with the name of a fallen service member, a veteran who you were connected to, or just sign the banner with what Memorial Day means to you. The banner will be out on the HUB Lawn where there will be flags laid, each representing servicewomen who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Lineup of Events

Suicide Awareness

Wednesday May 1st – 22nd
UW Bothell

Flag Laying

Monday May 20th
UW Seattle – HUB lawn

Flag Laying

Monday May 20th – 27th
UW Bothell

Displays on campus

Tuesday May 20th – 27th
UW Bothell

Axe Throwing

Tuesday May 21st 6:00pm – 7:30pm
UW Seattle – Axe Kickers

Archway Cleanup

Wed, May 22nd 3:00pm – 6:00pm
UW Bothell-192 Brewery (after)

Workshop for Students

Wed, May 22nd 11:30am – 1:00pm
UW Seattle – HUB 307


Wed, May 22nd 12:30pm – 1:30pm
UW Tacoma – Prairie Line Plaza

Seattle Ceremony

Thurs, May 23rd 12:00pm – 12:45pm
UW Seattle – HUB Ballroom

Memorial Wk Reception

Thursday May 23rd 4:00pm – 5:30pm
UW Bothell – UW2 Commons

Workshop for Staff

Fri, May 24th 11:30am – 1:00pm
UW Seattle – HUB 307

ROTC Service Review

Thursday, May 23rd 2-4pm
UW Seattle – Kane/Walker – Ames

Vino for Vets

Fri, May 24th 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Tri-campus – Cougar Crest

5K Memorial Run

Sat, May 25th 10 am – 12pm
UW Seattle – Memorial Way


  • In 2014, 7,388 veterans died by suicide. Nationally, there were 41,425 suicide deaths in 2014.
  • Veterans accounted for 7.8% of the total population in the U.S. but accounted for approximately 18% of all U.S. suicide deaths in 2014.
  • In Washington state, veterans account or 7.7% of the total population but 20.1% of the suicide deaths.
  • The VA only began tracking war veteran suicides in 2008 despite significantly higher rates than civilians. 
  • The suicide rate among middle-age and older adult Veterans remains high. In 2014, approximately 65 percent of all Veterans who died by suicide were age 50 or older.
  • After adjusting for differences in age and sex, risk for suicide was 22 percent higher among Veterans when compared to U.S. non-Veteran adults.
  • Risk for suicide was 19 percent higher among male Veterans when compared to U.S. non-Veteran adult men.
  • Risk for suicide was 2.5 times higher among female Veterans when compared to U.S. non-Veteran adult women.
  • Every month nearly 1,000 veterans attempt to take their own lives. That’s more than one attempt every half hour. 
  • More United States troops have died from suicide than have been killed in Afghanistan since 2001.